My Husband and I recently went to see the Broadway show Moulin Rouge. (It’s a fun show, with popular music throughout, and it’s just an easy, enjoyable night at the theater)
You may not be aware, but Broadway theater is not necessarily cheap. While you can sometimes get lottery or rush tickets, which will be about 30$, this is not the norm. The cheapest seats you can normally find start at 49$ for the back rows of the highest level. Seats in the orchestra can run over 200$ a seat. When I go to the theater, I’m looking for special deals or flash sales, or I have a subscription to a theater company, which gives you tickets at a discount. But however you look at it- not cheap.
Moulin Rouge- which I got as a special no fee deal, but still we were in about the fifth row mezzanine. And it’s still not “cheap”.
While we were at the show, while the show was actually on the stage, people were on their phones.
When I say people, I don’t mean Gen-z. I mean older millennials and I dare say Gen X.
I had to tap the person in front of me three times to shut her phone in the dark theater. She made a face at me. I may or may not have mouthed an inappropriate word at her. when she started to do it a fourth time I may or may not have kicked the back of her seat really hard.
And I told the usher at intermission about the plethora of phones. I told her exactly which seats had been doing it, but as there were so many, I think I missed some.
It is very very distracting for someone to put a light on in a dark place. If you don’t know this, I’m sorry but I’m judging you as an idiot.
Why did you pay good money to be at a show if you are going to scroll throughout the show? Seriously. I want to know.
Have we lost our ability to be in the moment?
Have we forgotten that you are disturbing the actors on the stage? Disturbing the people around you? Do you ever think about anyone other than yourself? Do we just not care as long as we get to LOL at a cat meme? Should the usher be forced to stand at the front of the mezzanine to make sure that no one uses their phone?
These aren’t children. These are grown ass adults who presumably have the funds to attend a Broadway show…
If you’re “bored”, just leave…
Points for discussion:
Has our use of phones gotten out of hand?
Do we reach for our phones the SECOND that we are bored or restless?
If you go to a theater, movie, music or play, do you take out your phone throughout the performance for the sake of scrolling?
Was I right to tell the person in front of me to stop?
If, and I mean if, I kicked the back of the chair, did I have the right to do that, or should I have thought more about the person scrolling because it might have been a twitter emergency, or that thumbs up really needed to be on the Instagram post?
What would you do in the situation?
Was this my story to tell?